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Join the Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre (GSYT) – Registration Now Open!

Are you a pupil in S1-S6 with a passion for Musical Theatre? Do you dream of performing on stage but have little to no experience? Look no further! The Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre (GSYT) is now open for registration, and we want you to be part of our vibrant theatre community.

Rehearsal Details:

  • Start Date: Thursday, 5th September
  • Time: 19:00 – 21:00
  • Location: City Halls, Glasgow
  • Performances: Scheduled for February

GSYT offers a fantastic opportunity for students to explore their interest in Musical Theatre, develop their skills, and make new friends in a supportive and inclusive environment. Whether you’re an experienced performer or just starting out, GSYT welcomes all levels of experience.

Why Join GSYT?

  • Professional Training: Work with experienced theatre professionals who will guide you through every step of the process, from rehearsals to the final performance.
  • Build Confidence: Gain confidence and improve your performance skills in a fun and encouraging setting.
  • Community: Be part of a community of like-minded peers who share your passion for theatre.
  • Creative Expression: Explore different aspects of theatre production, including acting, singing, and dancing.

Rehearsals will be held weekly on Thursdays, beginning on the 5th of September, from 19:00 to 21:00 at the City Halls. Our season will culminate in an exciting series of performances in February, where you’ll have the chance to showcase your hard work and talent.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be part of Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre. Register now and embark on a journey of creativity, learning, and fun!

Register here: GSYT Registration

We can’t wait to see you shine on stage!

World Music Day 2024 – Everyone Belongs Premiere

Celebrating Diversity: Glasgow CREATE’s “Everyone Belongs / Tha a h-uile duine an seo” Citywide Music Project

This year’s citywide music project titled “Everyone Belongs / Tha a h-uile duine an seo” invited all primary schools across Glasgow to participate in a musical celebration of equality and diversity. This project, funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, underscores Glasgow’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 4: ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

“Everyone Belongs”, words and music by Glyn Lehmann, served as the anthem for this celebration, chosen for its powerful message of inclusion. The project encouraged primary children to explore and celebrate the myriad of cultures, languages, and beliefs that make up their vibrant city by learning and performing this song.

To support the learning process, teaching videos, backing tracks, and lyrics were provided by CREATE YMI Music Tutors, catering to all stages and including sections in Makaton and Gaelic. During the instrumental interlude, children creatively incorporated the phrase “Everyone Belongs” in various languages of their choice, showcasing Glasgow’s rich linguistic diversity.

Each participating class recorded their performance alongside the provided backing track, culminating in a spectacular citywide digital performance. The response was overwhelming, with 278 videos submitted from 110 schools. This impressive collection of performances was expertly edited to create a digital showcase, reflecting the unity and diversity of Glasgow’s young learners.

Many schools also organised live performances during assemblies and school concerts, which extended the reach and impact of the project. This enthusiastic participation from children, teachers, and families, further fostered a sense of community and belonging.

Celebrating World Music Day, the city-wide digital performance will be released this Friday, 21st June at 9:30 am on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UPBMKAihr04.

The “Everyone Belongs” project not only celebrated diversity but also reinforced the importance of inclusion and community in Glasgow’s educational landscape. The overwhelming success and positive feedback will ensure the continuation of such joyful celebrations in the future.

“The children loved being part of this and the theme was engaging and heart warming!” Class Teacher, St Catherine’s Primary

“The fact that Makaton was taught alongside the words was a fantastic addition to the children’s learning.” Class Teacher, Chirnsyde Primary

“The class really enjoyed learning the song, exploring Gaelic and being part of a community project.” Class Teacher, St Roch’s Primary & Deaf School

“Our whole school ended up taking part and it was beautiful.” Class Teacher, St Monica’s Primary

“Many of the schools have been using this a whole school song which is lovely as it reaches out to all the children. Within the YMI music lessons children have been learning about rhythm and songs from other cultures.” CREATE YMI Tutor

CREATE Opportunities for Primary Schools 2024-25

Please see attached PDF for full offer.
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We would like to share with you the full CREATE offer for Primary Schools in 2024-25. All opportunities are free for schools, teachers, and children to access.

Several of our projects are allocated to all schools, so you do not need to apply to be involved.
Other aspects of the CREATE offer are delivered at the request of schools or require teachers/children to sign up – in this case, places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

These opportunities are designed to:
• Develop learners’ music skills and awareness of music of different styles and cultures.
• Provide high quality group music making and performance opportunities for children.
• Raise awareness of the wider benefits of music, including the development of language, social skills and executive functions.
• Develop practitioner confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding in delivering Art & Design, Dance, Drama and Music.
• Provide resources to support learning & teaching in Expressive Arts.
• Provide support for planning and tracking progress within Expressive Arts.
• Develop learners’ Creativity Skills across the curriculum.

To request any of the CLPL outlined in this document for your school or Learning Community, please contact Ailsa Ansell (PT CREATE) – gw16ramageailsa@glow.ea.glasgow.sch.uk.

GSSO Summer Concert – FREE Tickets Available

Join Glasgow CREATE Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for our Celebration Summer Concert in City Halls, featuring Berlioz Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust, Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet, Grieg’s Sigurd Jorsalfar, Three Orchestral Pieces and Shostakovich’s Gadfly Suite.

Tickets for this event are completely free of charge and will likely sell out fast, so please secure your tickets as soon as possible by clicking the following link – https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/glasgow-create-glasgow-schools-symphony-orchestra

Glasgow Schools Art Exhibition 2024

The GSAE opens on 3rd May and runs until 21st June in the Gallery of Modern Art COMMONSpace Gallery.

This is the second year of the relaunched Glasgow Schools Art Exhibition.

The work you will see comes from 20 schools, featuring work from pupils in S1-S6 and showcases a fantastic range of creativity from across Glasgow.

With thanks to the Gallery of Modern Art for hosting, and the Art & Design staff who have been involved in curating this event.

Everyone Belongs / Tha a h-uile duine an seo

Join us for our 2024 citywide YMI project, “Everyone Belongs / Tha a h-uile duine an seo”.

Glasgow is a diverse and global city. In Education Services, our partnership with our city’s children and young people, families and communities begins with our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 4 as our purpose: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

“Everyone Belongs” by Glyn Lehmann is a great song for celebrating equality and diversity!

We’d like to invite all Primary children in Glasgow to explore and celebrate the different cultures, languages and beliefs that make us who we are through learning and performing this song.

Follow this link to find teaching videos, backing tracks and lyrics suitable for all stages, including sections in Makaton and Gaelic.

Glasgow Schools Big Band & Special Guests – 19th Feb

Glasgow CREATE Big Band take to the stage in the iconic Old Fruitmarket on Monday 19th February, with Guest bands from Hillhead High School, Bannerman High School, Holyrood Secondary, Shawlands Academy, and Lourdes Secondary.

It promises to be a fantastic celebration of jazz, funk and soul!

Tickets available online from Glasgow Life  – https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/glasgow-create-big-band-guests

or from Box office telephone 0141 353 8000

High School Musical JR tickets now on sale

Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre are delighted to announce their production of Disney’s High School Musical JR.

Performances will take place in Lourdes Secondary School on the 7th and 8th February.

Tickets are available to book here

Book by David Simpatico
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by Peter Barsocchini
Songs by Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil | Ray Cham, Greg Cham & Andrew Seeley | Randy Petersen & Kevin Quinn | Andy Dodd & Adam Watts | Bryan Louiselle | David N. Lawrence & Faye Greenberg | Jamie Houston
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI www.mtishows.co.uk

Fostering Tradition: Glasgow CREATE and Celtic Connections enrich young lives with Scottish Music

Glasgow CREATE and Celtic Connections Education Partnership

In a significant collaboration, Glasgow CREATE, an initiative by Glasgow Education Services, has partnered with Celtic Connections to offer a unique musical experience to all Primary 7 children in Glasgow. This project, supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative Formula Fund, aims to develop the musical skills of learners and foster an appreciation for Scottish traditional music, providing an inclusive experience for all.

Approximately 5897 children from Glasgow Primary and ASN Primary schools will participate in a series of six progressive workshops led by professional Celtic musicians, spanning the themes of traditional Scottish Stepdance, Scots song, Gaelic song, bodhrán, tin whistle, pipe band drumming, chanter, and fiddle. Aligned with Curriculum for Excellence and the Glasgow CREATE Framework for Expressive Arts, these workshops will be tailored to enhance the transition of learners to secondary education.

Led by experienced Celtic singers and musicians, and these workshops offer practical music skills and instil a sense of pride and connection to Scottish cultural traditions through access to engaging and high-quality music learning experiences. The initiative underscores Glasgow’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and providing valuable opportunities for its young people.

As part of the Celtic Connections festival in 2024, young people and teachers from schools across Scotland are invited to attend free concerts at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, featuring performances by professional Celtic, traditional, and world music artists. These concerts provide an enriching musical experience and serve as an introduction to live music for many children.

This collaboration expands the reach of the Celtic Connections festival’s Education Programme, providing more young individuals with the chance to engage in enjoyable and quality music-making experiences. Through this initiative, Glasgow CREATE and Celtic Connections are encouraging musical aspirations, fostering cultural pride, and building the foundation for a new generation of musicians.